Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer and musician. He is the Co-editor and Creative Director of lifestyle magazine Lagom, the Creative Director of coffee roaster Colonna, and the founder of typography magazine-turned-book 8 Faces. He was previously the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit and his design work, for clients such as Virgin, Microsoft, Brooklyn Beta, and MailChimp, has been showcased in publications such as Communication Arts, Creative Review, Computer Arts, Page, The Independent, .Net, and Design Week. He lives and works in the countryside near Bristol, UK, and creates electronic music by night under the alias ‘Other Form’. (Photo: Norman Posselt)
Side projects have always been a big part of Elliot’s career in design, publishing, and music – some successful, others not — and in latter years the line between ‘side’ and ‘full-time’ has become increasingly blurred, as has the line between client work and making products. In this talk, Elliot reflects on the pros and cons of his various projects, and the concept of productivity and creativity as a whole. He proposes that because creativity always seems to manifest itself at the ‘wrong’ time, now has actually never been a better time to follow our passions and make a living from what we love the most.